On 12 October, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged mayors, presidents and representatives of Europe’s regions and cities to use NextGenerationEU to advance their green plans. During her speech to the European Committee of the Regions’ plenary at the European Week of Regions and Cities

von der Leyen, who comes from a federal state, said that with NextGenerationEU, Europe can press fast forward towards a green, digital and resilient future.

“We want to use these investments not only to restart the economy. We also want to use them to improve the air we breathe in our cities, or to help small enterprises take up the digital solutions. And for all this, local administrations must be in the driving seat,” the European Commission President said.


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